I have created a very simple document in Lyx and want to preview it. But the "View" action (the one bound to Command+R) and its corresponding tool bar button (with the icon showing two large eyes) are inactive/disabled. Strangely, "View other Format" is working fine, for example for PDF.

I am on Mac OS 10.9 with MacTex 2014 and Lyx 2.1.1 installed. I have already tried to re-compute my configuration (last item in "Tools" menu) and re-install Lyx but "View" remains disabled.

Any ideas?

Many thanks in advance!

closed as off-topic by Torbjørn T., user31729, Mico, Svend Tveskæg, Werner Sep 16 '14 at 20:30

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  • Welcome to TeX.SX! I don't know if it's relevant, but have you selected 'Use non-TeX fonts' (or whatever it's called) in the document settings? – Torbjørn T. Aug 1 '14 at 8:17
  • Indeed! The document option "Use non-TeX fonts (via XeTeX/LuaTeX)" was not selected initially; after selecting it Command+R works fine now and the corresponding tool bar button is enabled. So this solves the issue. THANKS! But I'm puzzled, why do I have to stop using TeX fonts to make the default "View" action work, even though viewing PDF via the "View other formats" action works fine with both settings??? – user3265222 Aug 1 '14 at 12:09
  • I don't really know. Have you made any (other) changes to font-settings in your document? Does the same happen with a new, default, document? – Torbjørn T. Aug 1 '14 at 12:13
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    This question appears to be off-topic because it is about a problem caused by a faulty user profile, solved by deleting the profile directory. – Torbjørn T. Sep 16 '14 at 19:47
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    This worked for me. In the menu, Document -> Settings -> Formats -> Default output format -> PDF(pdflatex) – Presbitero Dec 1 '17 at 12:57

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